Chinese scientists get a taste of data-driven research at U.S. State Department-sponsored visit

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Chinese and American scientists take a break for a group photo during an afternoon of discussion on data analytics in environmental sciences.

Science, and the process of sharing scientific knowledge and ideas to solve problems, knows no national or political boundaries. That’s why when a group of Chinese scientists visited RENCI as guests of the South Big Data Hub, the discussion was lively, timely, and productive. Continue reading

Panel examines the role of data in public and environmental health

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Panelists and audience members participate in the South Big Data Hub roundtable on data analytics in environmental health both remotely and in person.

The South Big Data Hub Roundtable held on January 11 in Chapel Hill, NC, provided an open discussion forum with a focus on Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health.

Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, moderated the discussion, which included panelists Andy May, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University, Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State’s College of Public Health, David Peden, PhD,  a distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Paul Kizakevich, PhD, a senior research engineer in the bioinformatics program at RTI International. Continue reading

A state of the union panel discussion on Apache Spark/Big Data innovation

img_0647On January 19, MetiStream hosted our meetup: The Washington DC Apache Spark Interactive and held a State of the Union Panel Discussion on Apache Spark Big Data Innovation. A fitting topic given the transition of power in Washington that happened the next day. We firmly believe that a consistent focus on big data powers innovation and keeps America strong and distinctive.Our technology meetups shepard this innovation by bringing the community together to learn and share knowledge, network, and find opportunities for our members. Yes, we may be a roomful of geeks…but this is what we do. This is fun for us! Continue reading

First Southern Data Science Conference comes to Atlanta April 7

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Register now at www.southerndatascience.com

The data science community and members of the South Big Data Hub should mark their calendars for the very first Southern Data Science Conference, to be held on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. The conference is expected to attract data science thought leaders from around the southeast and the nation and will feature speakers from innovative companies and research laboratories, such as Google, Microsoft, AT&T, NASA, Glassdoor and Groupon. Continue reading

Report says data science education pays off in rewarding careers

data-careersEarning a college degree takes more than time and effort—it requires a significant financial investment. With college costs on the rise, how can a prospective student ensure he or she gets the best bang for their education bucks?

According to a report from Thrivent Mutual Funds highlighted in a recent edition of Forbes magazine, choosing a major that can translate into a data science career is one way to ensure that your career earning power will allow you to pay off those student loans quickly. The Thrivent Mutual Funds 100 Best Careers in America categorizes jobs by the amount of education needed to land a job in a field: an associate’s degree or certification, a four-year degree, or an advanced degree.   Continue reading

Experian solicits input from Big Data Hubs Community

Experian is soliciting input from the Big Data Innovation Hubs regarding our community’s data needs. To support academic research and new use cases that may involve industry, Experian has shared information on data sets they maintain, including the following:

If these data sets may be of use to your research and/or you would like more information, please send inquiries and comments to ken2115@columbia.edu and also cc info@southbdhub.org

Big Data Innovation Hubs Selected for NTIS Joint Venture Partnership

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The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. Once finalized, this partnership will provide opportunities for collaborations between the Big Data Hubs and NTIS to deliver groundbreaking data projects across federal agencies.   Continue reading

PyData Carolinas offers tools and tips for bioinformatics research

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Clarence White, PhD student at North Carolina A&T University

PyData Carolinas 2016 brought together hundreds of professionals, researchers and students interested in data analysis to discuss how best to apply Python tools to meet challenges in data management, processing, analytics and visualization.  Among the attendees was Clarence White, one of two students from North Carolina A & T who was sponsored by the South Big Data Hub to attend. The Hub was also a silver sponsor of PyData Carolinas.  Below are Clarence’s thoughts on the conference.

My name is Clarence White, a Ph.D. student in computational science and engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.  In my research, I’m working on applying machine learning methods to bioinformatics problems.  Some areas of interest to me have been beta lactamase and phosphorylation site prediction. Beta lactamase is one of the main reasons behind the development of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria, and protein phosphorylation plays an important role in a wide range of cellular processes.

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South Big Data Hub announces awards that apply data science to regional challenges

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Ashok Goel of the Georgia Institute of Technology is principal investigator for one of the three research teams that will receive Spoke awards from the South Big Data Hub.  (photo courtesy of Georgia Tech)

Awards part of $11 million in National Science Foundation Big Data Hub “Spoke” awards

 Three research teams in the Southern U.S. will receive funding for projects designed to use data science and data analytics to address challenges related to healthcare, environmental sustainability, and updating and improving power grids. The funding will be awarded through the “Big Data Spokes” program of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Big Data Regional Innovation Hub initiative. Continue reading